Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's last days were marked by both hope and heaviness. An inside look at singer's life and death. On the afternoon of May 26th, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington gave a performance unlike any in his career. You helped me understand that. Less than two months later, Bennington, too, was being mourned. He died of suicide by hanging and was found on the morning of July 20th in his Palos Verdes Estates home in Los Angeles County, a week before Linkin Park were to set out on a date North American tour.
Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist 'took his own life'
Chester Bennington: Linkin Park vocalist 'took his own life' - BBC News
Bennington was found dead at his home by his housekeeper around am on July 20, His death was ruled a suicide by hanging. His mother was a nurse, while his father was a police detective who worked on child sexual abuse cases. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old resulting in his father gaining custody, but along with the abuse and his situation at home he was badly affected and felt the urge to kill people and run away. To comfort himself, he drew pictures and wrote poetry and songs. He was also bullied in high school.
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Bennington first gained prominence as a vocalist following the release of Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory , which was a worldwide commercial success. The album was certified diamond by the RIAA in , making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums ever to achieve that many sales. Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise, as a side project in The band's debut album, Out of Ashes , was released on October 13, He became the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots in to release the extended play record High Rise on October 8, , via their own record label, Play Pen, but left in to focus solely on Linkin Park.
Yet his work was driven by his internal struggles — a deeply troubled artist, he battled alcohol and drug abuse issues and spoke in interviews about being a victim of child abuse. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 20, , Chester was raised by his mother, a nurse, and his detective father who investigated child abuse cases, until his parents divorced and his father gained custody of him. He took solace in artistic work such as poetry, drawing and writing songs, and in the music of Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots.